Saverio Ferraro – CIO of BNL BNP Paribas Group – Part 1

Saverio Ferraro, finalist of European Digital Leader Of The Year 2020, is the CIO of BNL BNP Paribas Group.

Since joining BNL in 2017, he has led an impressively planned Agile transformation and has been consistently spreading the Agile culture from IT to other business units, unifying cross-functional teams towards faster development, better user experience and – perhaps most fundamentally – boosted employee engagement, without which this change would fail.

In today’s Leadership Deep Dive premiere, Saverio talks with Hendrik Deckers about:

– Managing the change of culture in a more agile direction
– Progressively getting more and more people on board with change
– Leading through hands-on involvement in the action (including weekends) and personal contact with every single employee
– Running an experiment on what IT people actually want from their job and what he found out
– His leadership style and lessons learned – both from mentors and self-development


0:01:45 – Transformation program: Agile transformation at BNL
0:05:34 – How do you change the way of working for 3 thousand people?
0:11:33 – Spreading the Agile culture to the whole organisation
0:15:50 – How it impacted the bank’s ability to deliver results
0:19:42 – How are you dealing with threat of disruption from fintechs and new players like Facebook?
0:23:54 – How IT is organised at BNL
0:29:40 – Saverio’s fundamental role today and how it has been changing over the years
0:32:20 ▶▶ Part 2 – Leadership: Lessons Learned:


Saverio Ferraro is a finalist in the European Digital Leader Of The Year Awards organised annually by CIONET. Find out the B2B and B2C winners and learn more about the other 16 finalists in the Public and Financial sectors – the winners among the latter will be announced at CIONEXT on 26th June 2020.

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